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Gatsby - Compare and Contrast Essay

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Transcript of Gatsby - Compare and Contrast Essay

Introductory Paragraph Sample

Circle the hook.
Box the explanation or background.
Underline the transition.
Highlight the thesis statement.
Instructions
II. Explanation

I. Creative Hook

Parts of an Introduction
Writing works the same way as fishing.

Essays do not appeal to readers when they begin with specific details and information.

Instead, a piece of writing needs something that grabs the reader’s attention and entices him or her to continue reading the rest of the essay.

Writing an introduction is just like fishing, only with a different equipment.

pen/pencil instead of fishing pole
paper instead of fishing line
creative persuasion instead of live bait
thesis statement instead of hooks
patience – edit/revise to make it perfect

Introductions & Fishing
Catching Your Reader’s Attention

Writing
Introductions

IV. Thesis

When fishing, you bait your hook, cast it into the water to entice it to bite, and when it does, you hook the fish and reel it in.

It would be unproductive to cast an empty hook into the water. The fish are not attracted to empty hooks and you will go home hungry.


What equipment do you need to fish?
Introductions & Fishing

III.
Transition

Fishermen use bait, such as live worms or replica flies to lure the fish to nibble at the hook.

Writers use a similar type of bait, appealing to a sense of logic, emotions, or values to get the reader’s agreement, or at least attention.

Introductory Paragraph -- Like a funnel, start with a broad connection to the topic and then hone in on your point (thesis).

fishing pole (rod & reel)
fishing line
bait (worms, cheese, fish eggs, flys, lures)
hooks
patience

Flys or Flies

Lures

Worms

Bait
for your Hook

Fish Eggs

When fishing, the fisherman must slowly reel in the fish so the line does not break, thereby, ensuring a catch.

When writing, a writer needs to expand the first sentence, providing additional information. This continues to draw in the reader by heightening the suspense of the real topic.
Fisherman often use nets (for small fish) or gaffs (for large fish) to help pull their catch into the boat. Then, they clean and filet the fish to prepare it for cooking.

Writers use words to connect the attention grabber tot he real reason for writing. Doing so ensures that the reader is not confused as to how the pieces relate to each other.
What is the ultimate purpose of fishing?
Is it to eat, or just to relax?
The purpose of the thesis statement is to alert the reader to the purpose of the essay.
Hook me into your A++ essay.
Sample Thesis Statement 2
While the
movie

often fails in getting the details of the novel correct, it is nevertheless highly entertaining
, keeping viewers cheering for Percy and his friends as they overcome obstacles of mythological proportions.

"The Lightning Thief"
by Rick Riordan

Lesson Objectives
You should be able to:
review how to write the introduction of an essay
take detailed Cornell notes
develop your essay introduction by doing the following:

1. choosing an appropriate hook
2. developing an insightful explanation
3. employing an academic transition
4. crafting a well-written thesis
statement

identify the four parts of the introduction and tel the purpose of each

label the four parts of the given sample introduction of comparison and contrast essay.

draft your introduction
You should be able to:
Lesson Objectives:
Sample Paragraph 1
Circle and label the topic sentence.
Underline the transition words and transitional phrases.
Using two colors, highlight and label the sentences that discuss the details that compare and contrast. Label which textual evidence is from the book and which is from the film.
Label the commentaries.
Box and label the conclusion.
Sample Paragraph 2
Circle and label the topic sentence.
Underline the transition words and transitional phrases.
Using two colors, highlight and label the sentences that discuss the details that compare and contrast. Label which textual evidence is from the book and which is from the film.
Label the commentaries.
Box and label the conclusion
How do you organize your ideas?
Begin with a topic sentence that relates to the thesis statement and includes a value judgement what will be analyzed.

Describe the different treatments of an element of the story contribute to the value judgement.

Remember to use transitions.

Strengthen your opinion with commentaries.

Don't forget your concluding sentence.
Your turn.

1. Review your introduction, especially your thesis statement. Word count = at least 200 words

2. Write you at least 2 body paragraphs.
Begin with a topic sentence that relates to the thesis statement and includes the value judgment that will be analyzed.
Then, describe how the different treatments of an element of the story contribute to the value judgment.
Repeat with one or two more similar elements.
Word count = 200+ each
.

3. Write your conclusion.
Word count = 100+

Pick up the following before going to your seat.
two highlighters (two colors)
white literacy binder
list the important ideas in a body paragraph

analyze the given sample body paragraph by marking and labeling the ideas

write at least two body paragraphs for your essay
You should be able to:
Lesson Objectives:
Pick up the following before going to your seat.
two highlighters (two colors)
white literacy binder
Introduction: Begin with something sort of related to your main topic (hook), clarify its importance (explanation), develop the relationship between the two topics (transition), and identify your position on the topic (thesis). Word count = 100+

Thesis: For this essay, make a value judgment on the book or movie version of The Great Gatsby. Ideas: book is better than movie (or vice versa), movie storyline is faithful to book, director completely changed the focus of the story, book is more thoughtful while movie is more entertaining, casting choices killed (or perfected) the book’s characters, etc.

Review:

Identify the parts of the introduction and explain the purpose of each.
STEPS
Ideas to include:
1. topic sentence

2. textual evidence

quote

paraphrase

3. transitions

4. commentary

relates to or explains the thesis
details from the book and/or film to support the topic sentence
follow the MLA format to state copied text or even copied reasoning
even if you say it in your own words, if it is something drawn form another source, you have to acknowledge the source
conjunctions, connecting words, phrases or ideas
additional opinions connected to the topic or explanations of the textual evidence
Writing the Conclusion
Sample Conclusion
Instructions in writing your conclusion:
1. Reiterate your thesis in a new way.

2. Then direct your focus on the bigger picture, or the overall importance, of the issue.

3. Try mirroring your hook for the final word (ex: start with a quote/end with a quote).

Word count = 100+

Ideas: Direct your readers to take action. Your essay would inspire the reader to:
see/don’t see the movie
see/rent more of Lurhmann’s adaptations
read/reread the book, read more of Fitzgerald’s novels
learn more about the bootlegging/fashion/music/etc. of the 1920s)
make an evaluation (of the novel as a classic, of Lurhmann’s future in Hollywood)
At the end of the period, you should be able to draft your comparison and contrast essay which includes, applies and uses the kinds of ideas and the format learned from the previous lessons:
Lesson Objective
Introduction
hook
explanation
transition
thesis
Body
topic sentence
textual evidence = quotes and paraphrases in MLA format
transitional ideas
commentary
Conclusion
restatement of thesis
analysis (synthesis), evaluation, recommendation, or overall importance
mirror of the hook
Review Test

7 minutes
1. Venn Diagram

2. Cornell Notes

3. Samples

4. Introduction Draft (100+ words)

5. Body Paragraphs Draft (2+
paragraphs; 200+ words each)

6. Conclusion Draft (100+ words)

Checklist for Comparison and Contrast Packet
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